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March 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm  #1254470    


My husband has smlc ext. He has mets to the bones.I was wondering if you could give a general explanation of the following terms:

1. What does diffuse osseous metastatic lesions mean. This is in the spine.

2. What is an enhancing lesion in respect to the liver?

3 .What are sclerotic lesions? In repect to a rib?

Thank you,

March 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm  #1254479    

Dr West

1) “Diffuse osseous metastatic lesions” just means widespread bone metastases.

2) Enhancing lesion in the liver usually suggests that there is a metastasis of the cancer in the liver.

3) Sclerotic just refers to a “hardening” reaction of a bone lesion. It basically just describes the appearance of a bone lesion there, but the term doesn’t have particularly significant clinical relevant beyond just noting that there is a bone lesion there.

Good luck.

-Dr. West

Howard (Jack) West, MD
Medical Oncologist

Views expressed here represent my opinion, not those of GRACE or Swedish Cancer Institute. This information does not constitute medical advice and is intended to supplement and not replace medical information provided by your doctor.

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